What is one of the cheapest and easiest interventions in medicine that would save lives and money? Optimizing
Over the years with human evaluation we have moved from being outside and all but naked, to clothed and indoors. With this evolution we have steadily reduced our levels of one of the most important hormones in our body, one that has health promoting and disease preventing properties, Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a hormone, not a vitamin, and every cell has Vitamin D receptors for 1,
Vitamin D deficiency can affect everyone. There are very few foods with Vitamin D, making deficiency more likely. Some foods that contain Vitamin D are fatty fish such as salmon, meckel, tuna, cod liver oil, and others items such as eggs.
There are many diseases associated to Vitamin D deficiency. In children: rickets, obesity, depression, cancer, may increase growing pain in children, and possibly ADD. In adults:
7 Myths and Truths about Vitamin D
Myth 1 Vitamin D is a Vitamin
Truth- Vitamin D is a hormone, it is derived from cholesterol. Vitamin D receptors have direct effects on the adrenal, bone, brain, breast, cancer, colon, endothelium, hair follicle, intestines, kidney, liver, lung, muscle, ovary, parathyroid, pituitary, prostate, skin, stomach, testis, thyroid, uterus, and so much more.
Myth 2 Being outside provides enough Vitamin D
Truth- Most people can’t get enough Vitamin D from sun exposure. Our ancestors spent all their time in the sun fishing, farming, and hunting. With today’s society more people are indoors, which equals less exposure to the sun and less production of Vitamin D. Now add cloths and sunscreen, which inhibits absorption Vitamin D production, well you get the point.
Myth 3 Recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 1,000 IU is adequate
Truth- Taking the RDA 1,000 IU will lower your Vitamin D levels. 1,000 IU will only raise a person’s level by 10 nmol/l. The recommend level is 60 to 85 nmol/l.
Myth 4 Vitamin D2 Supplement is a food
Truth- Vitamin D2 (in food) is 1/3 as effective as natural occurring Vitamin D3. Most foods have Vitamin D2 added.
Myth 5 Vitamin D reference range of 20-35 is effective
Truth- The current reference range for Vitamin D is 20-100. Levels of 25 or less may increase the risk of disease. Optimal effective range is 65-85.
Myth 6 All Vitamin D’s are the same
Truth- Vitamin D3 is the preferred source. Vitamin D2 is derived from plant or lanolin
Myth 7 Vitamin D is nontoxic
Truth- The consequence of too much Vitamin D can cause hyper-calcification, which should be monitored.
Vitamin D should be kept at the top of the reference range between 60- 85 is ideal.
Optimal dosage is varied from 5,000IU to 15,000 IU.